Cool new designer interiors, hip happening menus, new designer cocktails and international reputations are on tap as these hot new restaurants in Bali open their doors in time for the festive season. World class dining standards [along with the temperatures!] are again heating up as we introduce Bali’s newest food fabulousness for all budgets and ethical standards: Tiger Balm, Settimo Cielo, Lantern, MIURA Pintxos, Sage and Cafe Organic.
Tiger Balm, Seminyak
Calm down… this one is so hot it’s actually not open yet, but not long now! One of the most anticipated restaurants of the year is now only two weeks away from opening and we’re on the countdown. If there’s one GodFather of Bali’s restaurant scene, it’s Will Meyrick and his Balinese portfolio of dining greatness with restaurants Sarong, Mama San and Ubud’s Hujan Locale. With his latest venture Tiger Balm, Will is showcasing his inspiration from the cultures and cuisines of Malaysia with direct influences of Nyonya and Thai cooking, and food historically inspired by the Chinese traders and self-starting businessmen from Southern India. Stop It.
The eclectic décor of Tiger Palm will transport you to the ‘Palm Court’ of the Eastern and Orient Hotel, with playful and tropical mid-century modernism and vintage Malay and Tiki-pop fusion. Fragrant dishes from the streets and kitchens of Penang will [naturally] feature the highest quality ingredients, sourced both locally and overseas. Rich curries, soft rice noodles, crispy bites and fresh fish are inspired by Chef Meyrick’s travels and his in-depth research of Malaysian cuisine. To skip the wait list, hurry.
Tiger Balm, The Village [Seminyak’s newest global shopping and dining destination], p. +62 361 4737 809.
Settimo Cielo Bali, Seminyak
Any restaurant meaning ‘Seventh Heaven’ already screams foodie fun and sounds pretty darn great to us. And Bali already agrees. New Italian restauranto Settimo Cielo is already making noise in the new restaurant conversation stakes, blending modern sophistication with the traditional warmth of an Italian+Bali kitchen: eclectic design, relaxing atmosphere, fresh water pond with fire feature, tropical gardens, a treed terrace and signature glass ceiling allows you to dine al fresco, rain or shine.
Chef Nicolas artistically combines traditional Italian flavours with cutting-edge techniques for a modern menu with luxurious imported items and local, organic produce. Try these on for size: Twice Cooked Jumbo Octopus or Eggplant Involtini, delish pastas or meat magic including Osso Buco, Milanese All’Osso, Jumbo River Prawns and Squid Skewers. But it’s those terracotta bowls [with hand-made pasta – yum, or grilled seafood portioned from copper and brass], or side dishes served in those brightly coloured ceramics that finishes that Italiano experience to the nines. Go for a sunrise brunch, a leisurely mid-day meal, an after work cocktail, or an evening of everything.
Settimo Cielo Bali, Jalan Pangkung Sari 10X, Seminyak, p. +62 (0)361 474 1117, +62 (0)361 474 1118.
MIURA Pintxos Bar & Grill
Bali already has a love affair with tapas, but Basque dining and delicacies are now firing up right here in Seminyak, with MIURA Pintxos Bar & Grill initiating the tropics into the Basque culture with a lovely, casual and affordable touch. Love Tapas too? You’ll love this authentically, inspired cuisine from the Basque Country and their other Spanish specialties.
‘Pintxos’ is the Basque version of tapas, or pinchos in Castilian Spanish, and usually ‘spiked’ with a skewer or toothpick, often to a piece of bread. Besides the Basque cuisine, Miura offers a wide collection of Gin – our heroes! All used to produce creative Gin based cocktails, enjoyed on the alfresco terrace while the DJ spins some groovy Latin vibes. The love affair continues…
MIURA Pintxos Bar & Grill, GrandMasHotel in Jl. Dhyana Pura, Seminyak, p. +62 (0)361 3000 597.
Lantern Bali, Seminyak
Another Asian eatery in Bali, really? Yes, and thank you world! Bo and Bun is already a legendary fave in our midst, and their new opening focuses on South East Asian street food sourced locally and made by hand. If you love travelling, or Asian street food, or hand made cooking processes, or the best fresh ingredients with traditional methods, or a bright, fun environment to just enjoy the social occasion of eating, you’ll be happy a) you’re in Bali and b) you visit Lantern. Loads of lemongrass, curry pastes, crispy basil, stir frys, noodles, braised delights and all else. So much yum for all those great dishes and flavours.
Lantern Bali, Jalan Petitenget no.17E, Seminyak, p. +62 (0)361 733 192.
Café Organic, Petitenget
Super! A great word to describe these self-confessed salad-o-holics [or Garden Ganstas] who have already become the new cool kids on the Seminyak and health block. Because they’re all about the super… the super-foods, the super-smoothie and the super-large portions of nutritious foods! 100% Vegetarian, with a few Vegan, Gluten Free and Raw options, your health is their priority.
With a Byron Bay and raw food background and a serious love of great coffee, Cafe Organic support ethical farms by sourcing locally produced organic goods which are featured in their daily and changing salad bar. Popular treats and tastes include: ‘The Breakfast Criminal’, Coconut Milk Granita on hot scorching days, the Skinny Coconut Machiatto, their unique gluten free Matcha Pancakes [ a treat for the celiacs] and anything using their cold-pressed, house-made almond milks, for Smoothies, Bowls and Coffees.
Café Organic, Jalan Petitenget 99x, Seminyak, Bali, 80361, p. +62 (0)819 9901 4912.
Sage Bali, Ubud
Whilst we’re on the ‘Healthy Eats in Bali’ chapter, these guys take it inland and up a notch in the vibrant vegan cuisine stakes. Already attracting all the right words from the right crowd, Sage Bali has got the lot, albeit without meat in any form. Try the current favourites, Jackfruit Tacos, the Go Jolly Green Giant Bowl or The Jibarito [black beans, sautéed veggies, caramelized onions, chipotle cashew cream sandwiched between plantains and purple sweet potato salad on da side]. Soooooo good. Or a change of scene with Getcha Gorditas – corn masa and potato cake, topped with pico de gallo, cashew cheese, and chipotle sauce. Olé. Finish sweetly with any number of goodies such as the apple caramel cake or the Pineapple Coconut Donut Holes.
Sage Bali, Jalan Nyuh Bulan, Ubud, p. +62 (0)361 976 528.
Soleil’s Weekend Dinner with Free-flow Wine, The Mulia Nusa Dua
Soleil is the stunning, signature beachfront dining favourite at The Mulia, overlooking the ocean and offering Mediterranean and Pan-Asian cuisine, with influences from Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand. After the success of the Sunday Brunch with free flow wine and Venetian Cicchetti at Soleil, The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas – Nusa Dua, Bali is introducing Soleil’s Weekend Dinner with Free-flow Wine hosted in their beautifully furnished beachfront restaurant.
Bring the crew and savour the exquisitely prepared Mediterranean and Pan-Asian buffet of Italian, Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese delights. Get comfy for their feast of culinary treasures, with a freely flowing selection of wines and cocktails (amazing!!), finished with the delectable and expansive dessert buffet featuring a towering fountain of cascading chocolate as well as an amazing variety of sweets and confections. Say. No. More.
For reservations, p. +62 (0)361 301 7777 or e: email@example.com.